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Vegetarian to Lower Chutes Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The easiest loop ride in the area. Fun for beginners and a good introduction.


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4.8

Miles

7.7

KM

100%

Singletrack

5,337' 1,627 m

High

5,075' 1,547 m

Low

309' 94 m

Up

309' 94 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Overview

This is a nice loop ride for beginners. It's not nearly as good as most other trails in the area, but it's easy and predictable. It might be 4 stars for a beginner but only 2 for experienced riders.

Need to Know

This one is best done clockwise - up Vegetarian Loop and down Chutes & Ladders.

Description

From the parking lot, head down the hill across the road to the Cow Pond 100 yards away, then continue east, up the side of the Cow Pond (most riders will turn north, towards the hills here). At the signed intersection on the far side of the pond, take Vegetarian Loop to the left.

Vegetarian Loop heads straight up a wash with a gentle incline almost the whole way. There is a short steeper climb near the end with a few rocks, but it's easily rideable by most. Advanced riders will find this stretch uninteresting: the scenery is not as good as other rides here, there are no features or even many turns.

You'll come to Down Uppity near the end of the climb. Down Uppity is a very fun twisty intermediate trail, and a good option for a shortened ride back to the parking lot.

But this section continues just a short way until you meet Lower Chutes & Ladders. Take a right turn and the fun turns way up. Head downhill for a while until you get to an unsigned Y intersection. Going right is a shortcut to the Edge Loop and the parking lot. Go left to stay on this trail. About a mile later you'll come to a road and fence. Go on the road for 50' and look for the trail to veer off the right along a fence line. Follow the fence line on the west side until you hit Edge Loop. This stretch is fast and fun with banked turns, swoops, and no surprises.

Take a right on the Edge Loop back to the parking lot on VERY fast and flowy trail. There are a few fun wash crossings with steep ups and downs, so keep a lookout for them as you fly down the trail.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 18 votes

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  3.3 from 18 votes
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Photos

A great overview of the 18 Rd. trails in Fruita.
Oct 9, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Heading back to the top after PBR. Two mile trek uphill every time, thinking of a shuttle-ride.
Apr 6, 2016 near Fruita, CO
Chutes and Ladders |  SEPT 2017
Nov 10, 2018 near Fruita, CO
A fun fast section to finish out the Edge Loop.
Apr 25, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Fast and gentle curves through the cow pasture
Apr 1, 2013 near Fruita, CO
Lower Chutes & Ladders is gentle and straight as it nears the bottom of the trail system.
Apr 15, 2013 near Fruita, CO

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May 6, 2021
Alan Chavis
4.4mi
Apr 24, 2021
Ashley Montana
Rode with Lai Leung. Climb a bit difficult.
Apr 20, 2021
Chris Holder
6.8mi — 0h 58m
Apr 13, 2021
Ali von Lewinski
Awesome trail for a beginner! Loved it! 4.8mi — 1h 30m
Apr 13, 2021
Robert Wick
Awesome beginners trail with some fun flows sections! 4.8mi — 1h 30m
Apr 6, 2021
Kara Rowe
Great warm up. Veg to chutes to edge to parking lot and lunch! — 1h 00m
Nov 12, 2020
Haley Littlefield
Jul 29, 2020
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